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Will Byron Jones Have A Sophomore Slump?

Around the NFL, players are preparing for the upcoming 2016 season, but not all of them are at the same stage in their careers as others. Rookies will be entering their first year in the league not quite knowing what to expect, while seasoned veterans more than likely  already have a routine they have followed for a while now. It’s the players entering their second year in the league that seem to struggle and go through some kind of regression, often referred to as their sophomore slump. Have you ever wondered why that is? My theory is that as rookies, the players are kept so busy after their final college game finding an agent, training, interviews, and different workouts with teams, that  they don’t have time to become complacent.

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Cowboys Headlines - Will Byron Jones Have A Sophomore Slump?

Around the NFL, players are preparing for the upcoming 2016 season, but not all of them are at the same stage in their careers as others. Rookies will be entering their first year in the league not quite knowing what to expect, while seasoned veterans more than likely  already have a routine they have followed for a while now.

It's the players entering their second year in the league that seem to struggle and go through some kind of regression, often referred to as their sophomore slump.

Have you ever wondered why that is?

My theory is that as rookies, the players are kept so busy after their final college game finding an agent, training, interviews, and different workouts with teams, that  they don't have time to become complacent. They are drafted and are kind of thrown into the fire. They have to move to a new city, learn a new playbook, and have to get to know their new teammates all in a matter of months before the season kicks off.

Entering their second year in the league though they have to kind of learn how to do things for themselves. They don't have someone holding their hand anymore telling them when they need to workout or prepare for the upcoming season. They have the entire off-season to themselves and it's up to them to figure out how to become a professional.

Sometimes all it really takes to stay on track is self-motivation and often times that simple personality trait can help avoid the dreaded sophomore slump.

Well, that's my theory anyway.

In regards to the Dallas Cowboys, they have a few players that are entering their second seasons in the NFL and should be major contributors to the team's success or failure in 2016.

Byron Jones and La'el Collins should both be starters when the season kicks off, and one or both of them could struggle with the so-called sophomore slump.

Cowboys Headlines - Will Byron Jones Have A Sophomore Slump? 1If I'm being completely honest, I'm not too concerned about Collins struggling because if all else fails the Cowboys can always resort to putting Ronald Leary back at left guard, but they don't have that luxury with Jones.

It's no secret that the Cowboys secondary is probably one of the weak links in their chain, and one of the reasons why Jones was so valuable to the defense in 2015.

Jones played a variety of positions on defense in 2015. He played as an outside corner, in the slot, free safety, and even as a dime linebacker.

It was really encouraging to see how well he responded to everything that was thrown at him as a rookie and that is one of the reasons why I have a hard time seeing Jones have any kind of sophomore slump.

If the rumors are true, then Jones will be moving to free safety full-time and will only have to focus solely on learning the intricacies of playing that position. He won't have to jump back and forth from corner to safety, and it should really help him improve as a player.

The Cowboys organization and especially the defense, is really expecting big things from Jones in 2016. I don't think he can afford to go through a sophomore slump if the team expects to make any kind of run for the playoffs.

So, do you think Byron Jones will have a sophomore slump in 2016?

Please feel free to use the comment section below so that we can discuss this topic further.



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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.

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Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...

Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.

Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.

This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.

Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.

This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?



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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

The Dallas Cowboys added more defensive line help today after signing former Detroit Lions Defensive End Kerry Hyder.

Kerry Hyder Jr. on Twitter

Going back to Texas! #CowboysNation

Kerry Hyder provides more depth at the defensive end position and as a chance to become the starter opposite DeMarcus Lawrence while Randy Gregory is out serving his suspension.

Hyder, 27 originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech with the New York Jets in 2014. He spent a year in New York before signing a future/reserve contract with the Detroit Lions in January 2015.

He had a breakout eight-sack year with the Lions in 2016, but tore his Achilles in 2017 causing him to miss the entire season. In 2018 he had just one quarterback sack after Detroit switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme.

Overall, this is a good depth signing by the Dallas Cowboys. Kerry Hyder has starting potential, but shouldn't keep the Cowboys from upgrading the position further through either another free agent signing for the draft.



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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

As the Dallas Cowboys still have a glaring need at the safety position, a new name has appeared on the available free agents list, and it's a well known name. The Kansas City Chiefs just released one of the best at the position, Eric Berry. The move by Kansas City is likely salary cap related. The Chiefs had just signed Tyrann Mathieu for a three-year $42M deal. The five-time Pro Bowler will have to find a new home in the NFL.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Chiefs released five-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry. Had Berry been on KC's roster Friday, $7.25 million of his salary would have become fully guaranteed.

The question in many Dallas Cowboys fans minds' right now is pretty obvious. Will the Cowboys be interested? 

Eric Berry is one hell of a football player but injuries have plagued his career lately. Since he suffered a torn Achilles in 2017, Berry hasn't been the same player as before. In the past two seasons, the 30 year old safety has played in only three games.

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Eric Berry's tenure with the Chiefs: * 88 games played * 445 tackles * 50 PBU * 14 INT * 5 TD score * 5X Pro Bowler * 3X First Team All Pro More importantly: a cancer survivor who returned to the field and inspired countless people along the way.

Berry would be a nice fit for the Dallas Cowboys' defense to pair with Xavier Woods. However, the front office has already passed on many available safeties. For Berry to come to Dallas, the price would have to be right. It's tough to imagine where Berry's value would land in such a busy safety market. Both Landon Collins and Earl Thomas have signed big time contracts.

Age and injury history could be factors that drop Berry's price to a number that the front office would be interested in. I honestly would be surprised if he got top money today. A contract with little guaranteed money could get the Cowboys involved.

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

Chiefs cut S Eric Berry. I'm told #Cowboys will investigate ... but recent serious health issues and inactivity - Berry is great story as a cancer survivor - mean LOTS of research is merited.

Mike Fisher took to Twitter to say the Cowboys will investigate the newest safety in the market.

The Cowboys have already seen Earl Thomas and others sign contracts elsewhere and while their free agency philosophy is clear at the moment, I believe it'd be a mistake to leave the need for a safety unattended until late April. There are quite a few options out there the team should explore.

Whether it's Eric Berry or another player such as Tre Boston, Andrew Sendejo or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Cowboys should sign a starting safety and leave the draft picks for other positions.

Tell me what you think about "Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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